History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

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Kids Book Sale and Magic Show!

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Book Sale Room bargains abound for kids of all ages during a special two-day sale on February 20th and 21st. On Friday, 1-4pm and Saturday 10-2pm, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be offering thousands of children’s books at bargain prices. This is a perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library and purchase great books to encourage reading throughout the year!
Picture books, early reader books, chapter books and a large selection of titles for teens are available. There’s a large variety of subjects too, including adventure, classics, fairy tales, history, nature, sports and much more in many formats–board books for the little ones, hardcovers and paperbacks, plus movies, games and music.
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In addition to this super sale, on Saturday, from 11-1pm, the Friends are hosting magician, Michael Runak to perform magic, illusions and balloon sculpting. Runak has been entertaining young and old alike for fifteen years, driven by his love for the wonders and mysteries of magic. This is an opportunity to experience the art of magic up-close that you won’t want to miss!
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Black History Month and Valentine’s Day in the Children’s Room

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In addition to our regularly scheduled children’s programs, February will feature special children’s programs during out-of-school hours to celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.

In honor of Black History Month, Operation Unite will offer a series of programs celebrating important people and events in African American history. The series will incorporate stories, music, movement, arts, and crafts. Join us Thursdays, February 12 and 19 and Wednesday, February 25, from 4-5pm for this fun and educational program.

Stop by the Children’s Room between 3pm and 5pm Tuesday through Friday, February 10-13 (the week of Valentine’s Day) to make your own unique Valentine’s Day cards with Ms. Kathy. We’ll provide the materials. Just bring your imagination and create a special card for a special someone (or more!) in your life.

Story Hour with Special Guest, Jerrice Baptiste

JerriceBaptisteHudson Valley based poet and educator, Jerrice Baptiste, will be our special guest during Story Hour on Wednesday, January 14 at 10am. Baptiste will read from her children’s book, Tu Es Ma Belle, a poetic story about a young girl’s Haitian family tradition that ties together family living in many different places and across generations.

Book Sale Blitz

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is celebrating the New Year with a Book Sale Blitz! For two days only, everything in the Book Sale Room will be half price. This incredible sale starts on Friday, January 16th from 1-5pm, and continues on Saturday, January 17th from 10 -2pm.
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The shelves are packed with a wide assortment of new and gently used books, all carefully sorted and displayed for easy browsing. An assortment of specialty and newly released books in a multitude of categories, including a wide range of unique vintage and collectible books, will also be offered.
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Final Multicultural Adventures Program of 2014!

OperationUniteChinaThemeMulticulturalAdventuresThe Multicultural Adventures program with Operation Unite wraps up this week with a multicultural celebration! Join us as we explore different countries and cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The final program will includes a picture craft from Bangladesh, henna hand art from India, music and dance from Turkey, and poetry, music & dance from Colombia. The program will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome! We hope you will join us!

This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

This Saturday: Last Day for the Holiday Book Sale!

holiday book sale 2014 The Friends Book Sale Room is only open for one more day this year on Saturday, from 10am til 1pm, so stop in for holiday gifts that will bring the joy of reading to everyone on your list, at a price to fit your budget!

Our Book Sale Room elves have been busy replenishing the shelves of the already wide assortment of new and gently used books, all carefully chosen, sorted and displayed for easy browsing. Hundreds of specialty and newly released books in a multitude of categories, including a wide range of unique vintage and collectable books will also be offered. There are over forty categories to choose from, including art, fiction, mystery, cooking, travel, poetry, classics, and literature, gardening, humor, biographies and non-fiction, as well as our special section of children’s books for every reading level. Hardcovers, paperbacks and coffee table books are all priced to sell to make room for new inventory in 2015.
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Look Out, Calvin’s On His Way…

calvinThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce award-winning children’s author, Jennifer Berne and illustrator Keith Bendis, will be signing their newly released book, Calvin, Look Out! at 217 Warren Street for Winter Walk on Saturday, December 6th from 5-8pm.

A sequel to Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie, the enormously popular book about the bookworm birdie who couldn’t fly, this new book tells the heartwarming story of Calvin’s adventures around getting his first pair of glasses.
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